Josh Wilding Reviews: SKYFALL

You've already read the take of a non-Bond fan here on CBM, but how did a hardcore fan of Ian Fleming's novels find Sam Mendes' Skyfall? Well, you can find out after the jump! [WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD]

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By Josh Wilding - 10/27/2012
While Casino Royale did a great job of reintroducing James Bond to a modern audience, Skyfall feels like the movie we should have had from the very start. That's by no means a statement which is meant to take anything away from either that film or the mostly enjoyable follow-up (Quantum of Solace), but rather than avoiding the well-known parts of the James Bond mythos that fans love so much, Sam Mendes embraces and re-imagines them in a way which makes them feel relevant again (take 'Q' for example). In fact, it doesn't seem at all unfair to say that the director has created a film which will receive at least some sort of buzz come awards season. Finding a perfect blend of action, humour and the somewhat campy elements which make the character so unique, Mendes' work here is outstanding. As a fan of Ian Fleming's novels, I can definitively say that Skyfall is THE best representation of them yet, although there's still plenty on offer here for those of you who just love the movies.

A much needed injection of humour means that Daniel Craig is able to bring more personality to Bond than ever before. The material he's given to work with in John Logan's superb screenplay allows him to cover an awful lot of bases, and an unexpected trip into 007's past offers us the most revealing and personal glimpse into the character yet. Judi Dench's M is also more fleshed out in her seventh appearance as the head of MI6, and her story is both powerful and extremely emotional, as the bond between her and, er, Bond naturally progresses from the last two instalments. It's Javier Bardem as the unhinged and downright frightening Silver who really steals the show however. The scene in which we are first introduced to him (cleverly shot in a single take) is chilling stuff, as is the way he plays with Bond both during and afterwards. He has an incredible screen presence here and is the kind of villain that a franchise like this so desperately needs. The cast is also fleshed out with brilliant supporting performances from Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Albert Finney and Ben Whishaw.

It's hard to find any major flaws with Skyfall. The action is top-notch, with a thrilling opening, hugely impressive set pieces throughout, and an ending which is up there with the likes of The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises in terms of sheer edge of your seat excitement and emotional pay-off. Sam Mendes and John Logan are a real dream team, and one can only hope that they're reunited for the next Bond film or at least some other project in the near future. The decision to set most of the film in Britain also separates it from the pack, especially as the previous instalments in the franchise and the likes of The Bourne Legacy have taken us to enough exotic locations that they're all beginning to look the same! Seeing Bond in London makes this feel as uniquely British as you would hope and expect, and actually makes the foreign lands we are taken to seem all the more unique and refreshing. Throw in a top notch score, a wonderful opening credits sequence with Adele's 'Skyfall' and excellent special effects, and you're in for a hell of a ride. And oh man, that ending...if you're a Bond fan, you will most definitely be left with a huge grin on your face!

Skyfall is not only the best Bond movie of all-time, but one of the best films to be released this year. For new and old fans alike, this is truly a must-see. Superb.








Daniel Craig is back as James Bond 007 in Skyfall, the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time. In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M (Judi Dench) is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.


STARRING:

Daniel Craig as James Bond
Javier Bardem as ?????
Judi Dench as M
Ralph Fiennes as ?????
Albert Finney as ?????
Naomie Harris as Eve
Bérénice Marlohe as Sévérine
Ben Whishaw as Q

RELEASE DATE: October 26th, 2012 (UK) November 9th, 2012 (US)


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SuperSomething616 - 10/27/2012, 2:16 PM
I was definitely left with a huge bond smile on my face at the ending!!!
DoctorDoak - 10/27/2012, 2:20 PM
Soon I will get to see this film -- I can't wait much longer!!! I already have my ticket for a midnight show in IMAX... I just wish it was opening in the US sooner!
DoctorDoak - 10/27/2012, 2:23 PM
@AsianVersionOfET: Nice name change for that pic haha
Niuhll - 10/27/2012, 2:27 PM
Not a big bond fan at all but it's actually incredible, best Bond villain they've had.
JoshWilding - 10/27/2012, 2:33 PM
By the way, saw it in IMAX and that is most definitely the best way to see this film! :)
THEDARKNIGHT100 - 10/27/2012, 2:45 PM
i thought it was only ok it wasn't very bondish
126thst - 10/27/2012, 2:58 PM
Didn't read the article, just stopped by to say if you can't write a new movie review without spoilers, don't write them.
NorseGod - 10/27/2012, 3:02 PM
Quantum of Solace is my favorite, it just felt so real and I love Olga Kurylenko! She really made that film so much more awesome than it already was, she was bad-ass. I hope Skyfall lives up to the hype, I'm very excited to see it. And really looking forward to the two-part ending for Craig following it as well!
Niuhll - 10/27/2012, 3:07 PM
There isn't really any spoilers in here, but i guess it depends on what you don't want to know. Nothing about the story is spoiled.

But as has been shown on this site especially, you can't be to careful with spoiler warnings.
ImnotDaredevil - 10/27/2012, 3:18 PM
@Niuhll. Agreed with your review, I'm in the same boat, like bond but never really went out of my way for him, however,liked this a lot & definatley a superb bad guy!;)
marvel72 - 10/27/2012, 3:18 PM
alot of five star films came out this year,funny thing is i haven't seen one film this year worthy of five stars,four but not five. :D
Maximus101 - 10/27/2012, 3:24 PM
Cnt wait to see this! They need to learn to release all movies everywhere at once, I can't stand it when they do this crap.
Maximus101 - 10/27/2012, 3:25 PM
@norsegod really? Casino royale was wayyyyy better in my opinion and mostly everybody else's.
Niuhll - 10/27/2012, 3:35 PM
@imnotdaredevil I heard that Skyfall was inspired by The Dark Knight, and looking back, that relationship between Crag and Bardem (Credited as ???? so don't want to spoil it aha) is very Batman/Joker, it did feel like they could do this every week and keep going forever. Very similar yet opposing characters.

Bardem nails it, charming and very sinister.
venom2019 - 10/27/2012, 4:50 PM
I would have loved the care taker to have been Sean Connery to bad he retired :(
NorseGod - 10/27/2012, 5:34 PM
Thanks Greenmtboy

@Maximus101 I like both films, Casino Royale however, upon first viewing dragged on for me, and it wasn't until after QoS that I appreciated that one because of the connected story line. But essentially Bond being darker and more determined really worked in QoS. Also Eva Greene is my second favorite Bond girl!
angus666 - 10/27/2012, 7:55 PM
Oh my God am I excited for this. Can't hold it in!
HughJasol - 10/27/2012, 8:03 PM
Awesome! Can't wait for this.
Chloefornication - 10/27/2012, 8:42 PM
Great movie. Too long, but still great. Bardem was [frick]ing insane.
REDSTORM - 10/27/2012, 9:41 PM
Haha 5 Stars! I friggin called it!
dreamactor - 10/28/2012, 12:25 AM
I be left with a huge Excitment
ImnotDaredevil - 10/28/2012, 4:00 AM
@Niuhll He Definatly got under my skin in an almost uncomfortable way, just like a good baddie should! Like a car crash, you feel you should turn away but your fascinated at the same time!
R2r - 10/28/2012, 6:01 AM
Skyfall is one of the best bond film, but in my opinion worst than Cassino Royale.. but best than Quantum of Solace. I'd enjoyed the movie very much.
kalel38 - 10/28/2012, 10:36 AM
@josh,great review,went to see it yesterday ands its one of best bond movies...as a huge bond fan end scene was great,put big smile on my face
TheJoker52 - 10/28/2012, 12:42 PM
WOW , Five Stars so this means this movies is 100 percent perfect not one flaw in it at all . I have never seen a perfect movie before , i mean even TDKR , and Avengers wasn't perfect , but this movie just happens to be better then both of them wow . I cant wait to see the perfect movie !!!!
Preston - 11/17/2012, 10:51 AM

Here is my take on the 50 years of Bond History:

Sean Connery Era:


Best Bond Villain: Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe)
Best Bond Girl: Honey Rider (Ursula Andrews)
Best Bond Theme Song: “Goldfinger” - Shirley Bassey
or, “You Only Live Twice” - Nancy Sinatra

George Lazenby Era:


Best Bond Villain: Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Telly Savalas)
Best Bond Girl: Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo (Diana Rigg)
Best Bond Theme Song: “We have all the Time in the World” - Louis Armstrong

Roger Moore Era:


Best Bond Villain: Jaws (Richard Kiel)
Best Bond Girl: Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach)
Best Bond Theme Song: “Live and Let Die” - Paul McCartney & Wings
or, “Nobody does it Better” - Carly Simon
or, “A View to a Kill” - Duran Duran

Timothy Dalton Era:


Best Bond Villain: Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi)
Best Bond Girl: Pam Bouvier (Carey Lowell)
Best Bond Theme Song: “The Living Daylights” by A-ha

Pierce Brosnan Era:


Best Bond Villain: Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce)
Best Bond Girl: Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen)
Best Bond Theme Song: “Die Another Day” - Madonna

Daniel Craig Era [so far]:


Best Bond Villain: Silva
Best Bond Girl: Vesper Lynd (Eva Green)
Best Bond Theme Song: “Skyfall” - Adele
or, “Another Way to Die” - Jack White & Alicia Keys

By the way, my favorite Bond film of all time is “Goldfinger”.
AlexRival - 11/21/2012, 8:29 PM
You seriously think Skyfall or Another Way to Die are better than You Know My Name? You must be joking right now. Another Way to Die was copped off of You Know My Name. I don't even...

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